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Brexit and the legal sector

12 July 2016

The EU referendum result will lead to a surge in demand for legal expertise and guidance. Membership communities may be affected differently and we are looking into that on your behalf.

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Family Section regional seminars: Privilege and Panamania (London, Leeds, Cardiff)

Join us at our inclusive Family Section regional seminars where our events will examine recent developments and consider the implications for our teams and, of course, your clients and other things.

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We commission exclusive articles from leading practitioners and commentators, on all areas of family law and practice


Oxfordshire County Council's childcare team goes paperless

21 December 2015

Oxfordshire County Council’s legal team could be saying a permanent goodbye to filing after successfully completing their first ‘paperless’ case.


How not to be an emotionally resilient lawyer

6 October 2015By

In the second installment on emotional health for lawyers, Julian Hall takes a look at the behaviours that undermine our sense of wellbeing

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Lady Justice Macur interview: the art of good advocacySubscription

12 August 2016

Following her keynote speech at the Advocacy Section’s ‘Art of Good Advocacy’ seminar in April, we speak to Lady Justice Macur about vulnerable witness training, the importance of continual learning for advocates, and the common mistakes she sees solicitor advocates making – and how you can avoid them.

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Robert Bourns interview: 'Solicitor advocates are not given enough credit for what they do'

8 August 2016

As he takes office, we speak to new Law Society president Robert Bourns about his thoughts on the state of advocacy in 2016, QASA, the long-term negative ‘campaign’ questioning the adequacy of solicitor advocates, and more…


LiPs in the Family Court: tips for success

22 July 2016By

Soraya Pascoe discusses how she handled an LiP giving evidence against her client in the Family Court, and the steps she took to keep proceedings on an even keel.

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As a Section member, you're entitled to four webinars as part of your membership, available live and on-demand

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Starting a law firm: Practical case studies from consideration to execution (date tbc)

This event will provide practical advice on setting up your own firm

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Webinar: Conducting care proceedings in the Family Court (18 May 2016)

This webinar, inclusive in Family Section membership for 2016, will give a practical overview and advocacy tips, including on threshold, evidence, fact-finding and expert witnesses. Listen now!

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FAQ: Responsibility for bundle preparation where the applicant is an LiP

21 July 2016

The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service outlines responsibilities for preparting the court bundle where the applicant is unrepresented

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FAQ: Pension sharing precedents

6 June 2016

The Law Society’s Library lists pension sharing precedents

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Benefits of Membership*

The Family Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Advisory Group and will focus on key issues including:

  • Sharland and Gohil Supreme Court Judgement
  • Family Law Protocol
  • General Children Law update
  • Forced marriages
  • Divorce centres a year on
  • Pensions for family lawyers
  • General financial remedies update
  • Surrogacy
  • Social media as a business tool: Is LinkedIn worth my time?
  • Emotional resilience
  • Domestic Violence
  • Serious Crime Act 2015: FGM provisions

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Discounts off Law Society publications and webinars, Features, Commentary, Webinars, News and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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